New team emerges as possible trade destination for Chandler Jones

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Chandler Jones
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Chandler Jones /

Following the season-ending injury to Carl Lawson, the New York Jets might have some interest in trading for Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones.

Earlier this year, Arizona Cardinals fans had to deal with the constant rumors about the team’s top pass rusher, Chandler Jones, getting traded to another squad.

No deal to send Jones elsewhere has been completed and the topic has been pretty quiet ever since the Cardinals began training camp in July.

However, a recent injury to another top pass rusher in the NFL has some thinking Jones might be on his way out of Arizona sooner than later.

Could the Arizona Cardinals trade Chandler Jones to the New York Jets?

Last week, the New York Jets found out that defensive end Carl Lawson is going to miss the entire 2021 season after tearing his Achilles. Lawson was one of the Jets’ top new additions of the year and now, the team won’t even get to utilize him in their defense this season.

So what does New York do to make up for his loss? Do they roll with the guys they already have on their roster or do they attempt to acquire another talented veteran pass rusher?

Well, The Jet Press’ Justin Fried believes that making a deal with the Cardinals to land Jones could be a possibility for the Jets.

Fried does mention that New York would likely have to be prepared to give the Arizona pass rusher a contract extension in order to acquire him. So that could be something that prevents the Jets from wanting to complete a deal for Jones.

The Cardinals probably aren’t going to give him up for pennies either. Arizona is excited about what Jones and J.J. Watt can do for their defense this season, so if they’re going to break that duo up, then it better be for a reason that benefits them greatly.

Currently, New York has two first-round picks and two second-round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft. If the Cardinals can somehow convince the Jets to send them one of their first-round picks in exchange for Jones, then that would probably be a deal Arizona would struggle to say no to.

A trade that included one of New York’s second-round selections might be able to get done. But any offer that includes a first-round pick is likely one that would definitely be accepted by the Cardinals.

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The chances of a trade to the Jets still seem low for Jones at this point. However, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Arizona dealt their talented pass rusher to New York before the start of the 2021 season considering the gigantic hole the Jets now have on their defensive line.